I am in awe that the Everlasting God wants me and you to be a part of the amazing things that He is doing in the earth. God is always at work and recognizing that serving others is an opportunity to partner with God to accomplish His plans, inspires humility. That is the place from which service flows. Obstacles, doubts, and our circumstances – real and perceived – make us question our abilities and therefore question our “use-ability” by God. We will never be adequately equipped and that’s just how He likes it because everything He does is for His glory, not ours. When we are weak, He shows Himself strong. His plans will be accomplished with or without us, so don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of the miraculous!
When we say “yes” to God, we bring our individual gifts to the circumstance. He made us uniquely suited for the things He asks us to do.
“For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus
For good works, which God prepared ahead of time
So that we should walk in them.”
And when He asks us to do a job or meet a need, we can’t really pick and choose what we’d like to do or what we think is appropriate for us. And it is also not our responsibility to determine if the outcome is worth our participation. God has the plan and if He asked, there is a reason. The glory comes when we respond in obedience. That’s really all He needs for us to contribute. Service is “the action of helping or doing work for someone” and is always sacrificial in some way: time, money, inconvenience, even pain. In spite of that, by adopting God’s way of looking at things, we are able to see the opportunities and respond. He loves us and sharing that love is what impacts lives for eternity.
“Love one another. Just as I have loved you,
you must also love one another. John 13:34
I think the biggest lessons God taught me about service came when I was the recipient of the help. That was not a comfortable place for me at first, but over time, I came to understand that God himself was loving me through the actions of others. I also began to see the difference between being used by God and trying to do work for God. Being used brings joy and fulfillment and working brings just what you would think: exhaustion, burnout and cynicism.
At one point, God allowed me the opportunity to be used by Him as He brought life into a life and death situation. I was deeply humbled and it totally changed my view of allowing God to use me. There was a sacrifice of time, some inconvenience, and there was pain involved but God’s perspective is “others” oriented and that viewpoint doesn’t count the cost.
“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it
When it is in your power to act.” Proverbs 3:27
Love, life and hope are what we offer as we serve in ministry to others, whether for eternity or for survival during our time here on earth. Miracles come in all shapes and sizes and a journey with God – any journey with God – is amazing!